Last Monday found me at the the 30-40+ Blogger Meet in London. Yes me, in London for the second time in two weeks – I am one proud introvert! Strangely enough I found the whole London experience rather enjoyable on both occasions. Apart from the underground; dirty, smelly, crowded and confusing place. Maybe I’m becoming more tolerant of the city noise, or maybe I’m just getting a tad deaf in my old age 🙂
Even though London is potentially a difficult place for me to visit, I was determined to go. I mean, I’ve been to a few blogger meets now and enjoyed every one of them (particularly Blognix), but this one was rather special. The 30-40 Plus Blogger Meet kind of does what it says on the tin; allows the more mature bloggers among us to mingle and network.
Now I have absolutely no issue with mixing with all and any age groups, I know twenty-somethings who are incredibly interesting and forty-somethings who are as dull as dishwater. So age is irrelevant when it comes to mixing socially. But when it comes to blogging there is an undeniable difference in the way younger and more mature bloggers approach their craft. It would be nigh on impossible for a woman of twenty to have the same outlook on life as a woman in her forties; she just doesn’t have the life experience. That doesn’t make her blogging any worse or better than the blogging of a mature woman – but it does make it different.
So it was rather refreshing to be surrounded by talented, mature bloggers with very similar outlooks. The whole event gave me hope that there is a strong, solid future for the mature blogger. Which means I’m gonna be around for a while!
And talking of hope, the event was sponsored by Hope, a brand that is specifically targeting the 40+ woman. I have to hold my hands up and admit that I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I know that they are a growing business and have an outstanding reputation, but would I like their collection?
I listened with growing awe as Nayna Mackintosh, founder of Hope, talked about the company’s ethos. I was blown away by her passion and I’m still digesting and appreciating their sizing system. Hope believes that body shape is far more relevant than a number, so they design clothes to enhance and work with a woman’s height and proportions.
So did I like the collection? Let’s just say I ordered an item of clothing that’s winging it’s way to me as I type. I am also now the proud owner of a luscious fuchsia pink, merino and cashmere knit poncho, a gift to each attendee from Hope. Although blown away by the generosity of the gift itself, it was the handwritten, personal note that really got me!
The day was filled with talking, laughing, prosecco, canapés, lunch and a talk from Catherine (blogger at Not Dressed As Lamb, founder of the 30-40 Plus Blogger Meet and my good friend). Catherine’s talk was both informative and fun – she is a veritable fountain of blogging knowledge. Her three main focuses were giving, receiving and exposing – which all sounded rather naughty until she expanded on each topic.
Along with the gift from Hope we also received a goody bag stuffed with lovely things.
One of my favourite items (although it was hard to choose) had to be the sparkly bracelet from Lizzy O which I thought complimented my watch rather well – result!
I had the most amazing (and knackering) day. Catherine, Hope and Fluorescent PR really pulled out all the stops to make the meet a brilliant success. I have hope that this will become a regular thing – no pressure Catherine!